There are many myths associated with service organizations. Rotary International consists of 1.4 million members around the globe, doing good works in our communities and the world. I would like to dispel some myths about Rotary:
MYTH 1: Rotary is a secret society with an official creed.
TRUTH: Rotary has no secret handshake, no hat, no secret meetings and no secret rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
MYTH 2: Rotary is exclusively a male only organization….an old boys club?
TRUTH: Rotary started out as a men only organization but has changed, Women have been members for over the past 20 years. Women now play important roles in Rotary including club presidents. Our current international president is Jennifer Jones.
MYTH 3: You have to be older to join Rotary.
TRUTH: Absolutely not! The Rotary Club of Hamilton has Rotarians in their 30’s and 40’s as well as experienced managers who have been committed to Rotary for a long time. We have Millennials and Generation Xers. We want you!
MYTH 4: Owning a business is a must.
TRUTH: One does not have to own a business. Members include teachers, nurses, city workers, real estate agents, social service providers, and many other professions. A great opportunity to network!
MYTH 5: Rotary is boring.
TRUTH: Rotary is FUN. Every meeting is FUN. The club projects are FUN. Social activities are FUN . Service is FUN! Join us on Thursday for lunch, networking, speakers and fun! The social side of Rotary is key, we have service projects as well as social opportunities.
MYTH 6: You have to be rich to join Rotary.
TRUTH: You need not be rich. You only need a deep desire to serve your fellow man! Membership dues in our Rotary Club are less than a coffee a day, and all 100% of funds raised for the community and children’s charities are used for those.
MYTH 7: Rotarians are not friendly.
TRUTH: In an increasing complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic needs, the need for friendship and fellowship. The fellowship of Rotarians both locally and around the world is one of the greatest benefits of belonging to the Rotary Club of Hamilton
MYTH 8: Rotarians need to be good public speakers.
TRUTH: Rotary develops confidence in people to allow them to speak in public.
MYTH 9: Rotary is all about business.
TRUTH: Rotary is about service to others. We do have opportunities to network and share our professions, but we use those talents to provide service, helping those in need, making our community better!
MYTH 10: Rotary is a local group
TRUTH: This is a worldwide organization of 1.4 million members in 33,000 clubs. Rotary is one of the largest and oldest service clubs in the world….not political, no religious affiliation.
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